Two women and a man were convicted at Ballymena Magistrates Court for claiming benefits they were not entitled to.
Danielle Hoey (27) of Altmore Walk, Glenarm, claimed Income Support totalling £6,883 while failing to declare employment. She was given four months imprisonment suspended for two years.
Mary Jane Wright (42) of Lanntara, Ballymena, claimed Housing Benefit totalling £5,796 while failing to declare she had excess capital. She was given three months imprisonment suspended for twelve months.
Jonathan Grubb (38) of Cymric Drive, Larne, claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance totalling £1,134 while failing to declare employment. He was given a three month prison sentence suspended for twelve months.
They are also required to repay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained to the Department for Communities.
Suspected benefit fraud can be reported to the Department for Communities anonymously. Find out more at: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/benefit-fraud